We have really enjoyed the last 48 hours and the directors and professors at Mester Academy have been very organized and hospitable. Yesterday, one of the professors gave us a walking tour which included explanations of some historical sites in Salamanca. This evening, she and other representatives of the school arranged a ruta de tapas, a tasting tour of tapas offered at local venues. Here are a few photos, with sparse details because it is almost past bedtime here--even for night owls!
The music of this instrumental/vocal duet echoed amidst the historic
stone buildings of Salamanca's streets.
Gabriel Guillen (teaching assistant at Mester), Dr. Robert Blake
(professor from UT, Austin) & Ben on La Ruta de Tapas.
Spanish teachers from California, Texas (native of Colombia) and Arkansas
Many restaurants and shops have these hams hanging in their windows. They have a
different flavor than Kentucky's country ham--very distinct. Wish we could bring one home, but I guess that will happen when pigs fly :).
The people who served us in each of the 4 places on our tour were very hospitable.